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May 1, 2015 - 4:37am
2 days 8 hours ago

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have found the bodies of 32 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in an isolated jungle camp, along with one man who was alive but in weak condition.

Some of the bodies were buried, while others were covered with clothing and blankets at a shelter in the mountains of southern Songkla province, police Col. Weerasant Tharnpiem said Friday.

It was not immediately clear what caused...

May 1, 2015 - 4:37am
2 days 8 hours ago

SYDNEY (AP) — A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Papua New Guinea, and a local tsunami is possible.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake Friday evening was centered in the province of East New Britain, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) from the provincial capital, Kokopo.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the epicenter. It also said the epicenter was 61...

May 1, 2015 - 3:46am
2 days 8 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's conservative ruling party is gearing up to make a new push for its long-sought goal of revising the country's U.S.-drafted, post-World War II constitution. Its first objective: winning over a divided public.

Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers and other supporters are rallying at an annual gathering Friday ahead of Sunday's Constitution Day holiday, when Japan's democratic and war-renouncing charter entered into force 68 years ago.

May 1, 2015 - 3:27am
2 days 8 hours ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A group of Nepal's Gurkhas serving in the British army have rushed back home to lend a hand in the recovery from the massive earthquake.

The soldiers from the Queen's Gurkha Engineers Unit on Thursday set up a portable water purification unit on the grounds of what used to a royal palace in the Nepalese capital. The monarchy was abolished in 2008.

Cpl. Bhesh Gurung says he has been away for 13 years but says he's glad he could...

May 1, 2015 - 3:19am
2 days 7 hours ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ethnic rebel group leaders began meeting Friday in northeastern Myanmar to discuss how to end the current fighting in the region and finalize a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.

The meeting which was taking place in Panghsang, the stronghold of the militarily powerful ethnic Wa group is attended by about 50 representatives from 12 ethnic armed groups including the Wa group. Meanwhile in a nearby region, fierce clashes between...

May 1, 2015 - 2:27am
2 days 9 hours ago

MILAN (AP) — The Expo 2015 world's fair is showing surprising potential as a backdrop for some serious diplomacy.

The twice-a-decade world's fair opens Friday for a six-month run in Milan amid early signs of diplomatic thaws. North Korea stepped out of its isolation as a last-minute participant, and Turkey may use the occasion to reach out to the Vatican after a recent spat.

The Milan Expo focusing on food already had greater ambitions than being a...

May 1, 2015 - 12:07am
2 days 9 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will push to allow more journalists to travel to North Korea to cover civilian exchange programs between the rival countries.

Seoul's Unification Ministry announced Friday it would actively support sports, culture and academic exchange programs with North Korea as a way to boost cooperation between the two nations.

Seoul had toughened restrictions on civilian trips to North Korea following an attack on a...

April 30, 2015 - 11:04pm
2 days 9 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say two state police officers and six other people are dead following a gunfight in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero.

State prosecutors spokesman Randy Suastegui says gunmen fired on state police who were responding to a reported kidnapping Thursday afternoon near Ometepec.

Suastegui says the police encountered the suspected kidnappers on the highway and pursued them around 1:30 p.m.


April 30, 2015 - 9:57pm
2 days 9 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel is blaming its Arab neighbors for the failure of progress toward achieving a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

A statement by Israel distributed Thursday to a global conference on a landmark disarmament treaty is its first public comment since it showed up as a surprise observer.

Israel has never publicly declared any nuclear weapons, and it is not a party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

As an...

April 30, 2015 - 9:07pm
2 days 9 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says its core inflation rate — excluding food prices — edged higher in March to 2.2 percent. But taking into account a tax hike a year ago, prices remain almost flat.

The government reported Friday that the consumer price index excluding both food and energy prices was 2.1 percent, compared with 2.0 percent in February. Core inflation also measured 2.0 percent in February.

The Bank of Japan is conducting massive asset purchases to...

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